S.C. Johnson Reviews

Updated July 8, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014
137 Reviews

3.4
137 Reviews
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S.C. Johnson Chairman and CEO H. Fisk Johnson
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Pros
  • Friendly work environment, good work-life balance, talented individuals (in 21 reviews)

  • good compensation and good benefits (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Low tolerance for risk, lack of clear decision making tree, and many times slow to move (in 9 reviews)

  • No work life balance (meetings are done during the night as counterparts are not flexible with time) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good company anymore

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    Former Employee - Senior Management  in  Racine, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Racine, WI

    I worked at S.C. Johnson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    company store
    Summer Hours
    not much else

    Cons

    Cult like - want you to buy into "great company"...drink the kool aid
    Only hire from outside for key positions
    Clueless on how to run a large multi-national
    Promotions based on who you know not what you know
    Long term employees no longer valued

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what got you to great companies to work for...long term dedicated employees. Not VP's passing by

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    No process. All informal and relationship based. Cultish and hypocritical. Fear is the only rule.

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    Current Employee - Engineering  in  Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Engineering in Racine, WI

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Don't have to do any leading edge or hard stuff. Just hang out and shop at the company store. Remember to say yes and be average and you'll be fine. I was duped into coming here. At least I've figured out how to get by.

    Cons

    Claim to be a nice place but its hypocritical. Best advise is keep your head down, do as you're told, don't take any initiative or you'll be knocked down. Mgmt is not transparent at all to employees. The all hands meetings are just full of corp fluff talk with positive spin. When it really matters employees are treated like children and told only enough to keep them quiet. Not a great brand name on your résumé. You won't get head hunted because you work here unfortunately. The longer you stay you lose your edge and forget how to excel in the outside world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really clue in to how damaging the culture is to company growth. Stop being so insular. Get rid of HR. they are nothing more than police goons and execution robots. Wake up to the fact the next generation may not want anything to do with you. Invest more in developing your people. Cut the handcuffs and let people make some decisions. Not everything needs to run all the way up the pole. Trust people more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Scary, cult like environment

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Racine, WI

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson

    Pros

    Great for mediocre peformers, no repercussions for incompetence

    Cons

    Incompetent management
    Seniority trumps accomplishment
    Cult like environment - you have to drink the Kool Aid or you don't fit in
    Petty, childish behavior of staff and management, unprofessional work styles
    Impossible for new, high performing staff to break in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire long term employees and bring in new blood
    Focus more on accomplishment and less on seniority

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Don't drink the kook aid!

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    Former Employee - Production Operator  in  Brantford, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Brantford, ON (Canada)

    I worked at S.C. Johnson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent pay,below average benefits. If you can do the job you are pretty much left alone.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Reactive management instead of proactive. If you aren't in the "club" or clique you pay for it sooner or later. This company wouldn't know a good worker if one hit them in the head with a 2 X 4. Kissing up is the best way to get ahead here. Vindictive, poisonous environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your high horse. Totally out of touch with reality. Walk the talk instead of the opposite. Follow your own policies and procedures when dealing with employees. Cut the dead wood which is 99% lower to middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Over-rated

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Sales in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)

    I worked at S.C. Johnson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good, innovative and quality products and NPD funnel is being managed well. Being run by professionals managers and this is good for professionalism.

    Cons

    Too much unnecessary paper works and processes creates non-productivity. Sales people are suppose to be on the road seeing clients, however in their case have to spend a lot of time with excessive administrative task which can be carried out by clerical. But, the company is so cautious of head-counts resulting in the sales people doing non-productive stuffs, spending long hours.

    C&B is below average, considering they are a multinational.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Urgent need to review your processes. A lot of unnecessary and dead process still being practiced, demotivating the people. Consider paying more and stop being so calculative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you dump all of your experience to learn the SCJ way!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S.C. Johnson

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Day care facility
    Decent products
    Good benefits
    Strong Talent Acquisition process
    Creative advertising
    Nice facilities
    On-site fitness center

    Cons

    No innovation
    No ability to make decisions
    No accountability
    No appreciation for experiences outside of SCJ
    Very relationship based - not productivity based
    Very thick corporate politics and hidden agendas
    Want "yes" people
    No advancement - very flat structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good, hard look at your HR team. They don't have the vision or ability to support the business as they should. Very low expectations and action from the leadership team. Embrace personalities rather than those who work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    SC Johnson & Son Canada- you should be glad that you don't work for them!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brantford, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brantford, ON (Canada)

    I worked at S.C. Johnson

    Pros

    1) Loads of experience
    2) Well regarded in the CPG circle- easy to get a job interviews/jobs when you plan to quit the company
    3) They have a lot of committees within the company- so it is easy to get involved in all of these committees and develop your communication skills.

    Cons

    1) If you are a person of a minority group- you may want to avoid this company- many people working within this company have very little travel experience. Unfortunately, often they are ignorant of other cultures and view them suspiciously. Very often they ask very offending questions and already have a viewpoint of a culture even before getting to know them.
    2) There are some people who are marked as "superstars"- no matter what a mess of things they make, senior management continues to promote them. On the other hand, senior management refuses to work on people are are willing to work hard and want to develop their skill set. Its a sad state of affairs- things only got worse with the recession setting in.
    3) Not a culture where one can trust people. I worked in Finance for quite a few years and ended up leaving the company in 2009 because I was so frustrated. They place too much importance in a person being aggressive without giving them the tools to get ahead. They basically do not believe in investing their people, although they say they do- infact they don't. This is infact the most common complaint for many people working in the company.
    4) They are obsessed about winning the war against P&G and this is the company's #1 priority. Unfortunately, this has led to a lot of bad decision making by senior management in the recent past.
    5) They are located in the middle of nowhere- BRANTFORD- most Canadians don't seem to know where that is. The town is small, with lots of poor people, bums on streets and unsafe neighbourhoods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current senior management is a result of many bad decisions by senior management in the US- they are the ones that need to read the cons to truly understand what's wrong with the company. But, then again, SCJ Canada has a very short term view- all they are interested in doing is to get their sales targets for that year since it is tied to their bonuses. There is a lack of "doing what's right for the company in the long-run". This definitely needs to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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